UK Prime Minister Theresa May appoints Doyle-Price as First ever Suicide Minister

In a time where suicide is becoming very rampant, Theresa May UK’s Prime Minister has taken the bold step by appointing Doyle-Price as the  first ever Suicide Minister whose role is to reduce suicide across the country.

The PM promoted junior health minister Jackie Doyle-Price and pledged £1.8million to fund The Samaritans helpline for four years.

Mrs May said her appointee would lead a taskforce, introduce suicide prevention plans nationwide and work with victims’ families and charities.

Mrs May said her appointee would lead a taskforce, introduce suicide prevention plans nationwide and work with victims’ families and charities.

To mark World Mental Health Day, the PM said: “We aren’t ­looking after our health if we aren’t looking after our mental health. We need true parity between physical and mental health.”

Ms Doyle-Price said more must be done to tackle the “stigma” people with mental ill health face – and ensure they feel they can “reach out for help”.

Speaking about her new role, Doyle-Price said: “I understand how tragic, devastating and long-lasting the effect of suicide can be on families and communities.

“In my time as health minister I have met many people who have been bereaved by suicide and their stories of pain and loss will stay with me for a long time.

“It’s these people who need to be at the heart of what we do and I welcome this opportunity to work closely with them, as well as experts, to oversee a cross-government suicide prevention plan, making their sure their views are always heard.”

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said progress was being made, noting suicides rates are coming down.

Around 4,500 people take their own lives each year in England and suicide remains the leading cause of death for men under 45.

Doyle-Price will work with both the national and local government, experts in suicide and self-harm prevention, charities, clinicians and those personally affected by suicide. She will also ensure every local area has an effective suicide prevention plan in place, and will explore how technology can be used to identify those most at risk.

 

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